Greek Nymph

Calypso

Calypso, daughter of the Titan Atlas, was a Greek nymph and goddess. She lived on the island of Ogygia, where the hero Odysseus was shipwrecked on his way back from the Trojan War. Calypso rescued Odysseus and kept him on the island as her lover until finally commanded to let him go.

Calypso by Henri Lehmann

Calypso by Henri Lehmann (1869)

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Top Questions

  • Where was Calypso's home?

    Calypso lived on the mysterious and remote island of Ogygia, said by Homer to be located at the navel of the sea.

  • Who were Calypso's parents?

    Calypso’s father was Atlas, the Titan who held the world on his shoulders. Her mother was not named in most sources, but there was apparently one tradition in which her mother was called Pleione.

  • Why did Calypso try to prevent Odysseus from leaving?

    After saving Odysseus’ life, Calypso wanted the hero all to herself. She did not allow him to leave her island for seven years and even promised to make him immortal if he would become her husband.

Overview

Calypso, the “Concealer,” was a daughter of the Titan Atlas. She was a nymph or goddess who lived on the remote island of Ogygia.

Calypso was known for saving Odysseus after he was shipwrecked on his journey home from the Trojan War. She kept him with her for seven years, during which time she tried to convince him to become her husband. But Odysseus’ only desire was to return home, and Calypso, bowing to the will of Zeus, was finally forced to release him.

Odysseus’ decision to leave Calypso is usually interpreted as a rejection of divinity in favor of human existence, with all its joys and sorrows. Calypso has remained a familiar figure in the West, appearing in numerous works of literature, art, and cinema.[1]